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High School

  • River heads to the Rockies

     

    The path to the playoffs is fraught with danger for Staunton River.

    In fact, the Eagles hit a "rocky" patch this weekend when they visit one of their Blue Ridge District foes.

    Staunton River will play at Rockbridge County, seeking to beat the Wildcats for the first time since they joined the Blue Ridge.  In the two games since the Rockies became the sixth members of the district, they've topped the Eagles in tidy fashion.

    In 2011, Rockbridge prevailed, 21-14.  Last year, it was 38-17.

  • JF wins a donnybrook

     

    Last Friday, they held a football game at Sabre Stadium and a track meet broke out.

    In the end, it was the Cavs who were the more fleet, topping visiting Turner Ashby, 42-34, to the delight of a vast and partial homecoming crowd.

    Despite missing a handful of key players, Jefferson Forest cranked up the offense, with its no-huddle blitzkrieg racking up points and yardage, seemingly at will.

  • Oh, so close!

     

    They made it as a team.

    They lost it the same way.

    In a sport that is the epitome of individualism, Jefferson Forest's golf team showed the value of teamwork.

    As a result, the Cavs made it nearly all the way to the summit of state golfdom.  In a fiercely contested two-day tournament, the champions of district, conference and regional tourneys were edged out of a State crown by a trio of strokes.

    Jamestown took the top prize:

    Jamestown    302-303 = 605

  • District relief

     

    It's one of those scheduling oddities.

    In the midst of the Seminole slate, both Liberty and Jefferson Forest have non-district games this weekend. The Cavs get Turner Ashby, while Liberty faces Buckingham County.

    The good news is that both of them will be playing at home.

    The bad news is that both are "must win" affairs as a loss is likely to kill any chance of a top-eight regional finish and the home-opening game that comes with it.

  • A rest and a test

     

    There will be rest for the weary.

    Some of them, anyway.

    Liberty takes its well-earned bye this weekend.  The Minutemen roll into an off-week sporting an overall record of 4-2 and a district mark of 1-2.

    After running through a gauntlet that included Staunton River, Rockbridge, Brookville, Harrisonburg, Rustburg and E.C. Glass, the Minutemen get a chance to catch their collective breath prior to returning to the football fray on Oct. 18.

  • Golf gurus

     

    These guys aren't just a golfing team.

    They're a golfing machine.

    The Jefferson Forest linksmen have had a remarkable run this autumn, earning scads of trophy, accolades and (most importantly) the respect of their fellow duffers.

    The Cav crew played for the 4A-North regional championship this past Tuesday.  That tourney, held after press time for this newspaper, was held at Harrisonburg's Heritage Oaks Golf Course, and pitted the top two squads of Conferences 21, 22, 23 and 24.

  • Volleyball roundup

     

    A roller-coaster ride of a volleyball season went through its most recent loop-de-loop.  Jefferson Forest appears to have lost out on its run for a Seminole crown.

    Meanwhile, Liberty picked up its first win in district play and Staunton River faced a behemoth from Botetourt, with predictable results.

    It all adds up to an uneven ride for local netters.

    Near the halfway mark, it appears that the Blue Ridge will belong to Northside, while the Seminole will be owned by Brookville.  

     

    Blue Ridge blues

  • Byrds are roadrunners

     

    There wasn't much of an air game in a tilt that featured Byrd against Birds.

    William Byrd had little need of one, as it amassed over 600 yards in topping arch-rival Staunton River, 49-14.

    The Terrier victory put a damper on the Staunton River homecoming crowd, as well as on the Eagles' hopes of making the post-season.

    The loss dropped River to 1-5, overall.  Having lost their first two Blue Ridge games, the Eagles' chances for a shot at a district title are now remote, at best.

  • Pioneers top Jeff Forest on gridiron

     

    The good news is that Jefferson Forest proved it could match up quite well with what many consider the finest team in the State at the 3A level.

    The bad news is that it took the Cavs a quarter of play before showing it could do so.

    "We made some mistakes and let them go up," said JF Head Coach Don Rice.  "You can't do that against a good football team."

  • Seminole slugfests coming up

     

     

    There is little doubt that the Seminole is one of the top football districts in the state.

    This weekend, you'll get a couple of chances to see why.

    Jefferson Forest, fresh off its win over Brookville, will host Heritage, fresh off its win over Amherst.

    Liberty, fresh off its win over Rustburg, will head to City Stadium to take on E.C. Glass, fresh off its relaxing bye week.

    This is the third consecutive week that the Minutemen will face an opponent which has had two weeks to prepare for the M-Men.